Hello!!! Boa tarde! Ou pra vocês, bom dia! (Since Mom and the boys are just waking up in the tent!)
This week was so great! As I mentioned last week, we got to see one of our investigators enter the waters of baptism. It doesn´t matter how many people are there or who´s being baptized--the spirit during a baptism is always so sweet and strong. Words can´t describe the feelings that come when you see someone you´ve helped apply the Atonement in their life take that next step of washing away their sins and starting a new life. So V´s baptism was the highlight of the week, com certeza. Yesterday was also a miracle. Sister Barros and I left our house early to pick up some investigators to bring to church with us but no one could go with us a.k.a. didn´t want to come. At least we knew that our lovely family would be there that we´ve been teaching. But it was a miracle when we were waiting at the doors and saw a man dressed in a pink polo and white pants pull up on his motorcycle with a little boy sitting in front and another on the back... it was JR!! An investigator! Then another miracle happened when we saw a little old woman walking by and enter the front gate... it was A!! Another investigator! And then another miracle happened when we saw an older woman hugging her granddaughter goodbye and the granddaughter running towards us, excited for church... it was J! Another investigartor! All these people were people that we were ready to give up on because things just weren´t working out. But we had been praying for them, that things would work out. And they did! I know that Heavenly Father answers our prayers in His own time. I haven´t been seeing these miracles happen during my entire mission, but that´s because the Lord´s ways are higher than ours. He knows when and where we´re needing His miracles.
Keep up the family history work, thank you so much! When I come home next year, I´ll be sure to help. Congrats on returning to school too! That should be a great experience. Tell all those wonderful Primary children that I love them and hope they´re doing well and the family that I love them bunches! I just want to finish with a quotation I read today by Presidente George Q. Cannon:
'There is not one of us but what God´s love has been expended upon. There is not one of us that He has not cared for and caressed. There is not one of us that He has not desired to save, and that He has not devised means to save. There is not one of us that He has not given His angels charge concerning. We may be insignificant and contemptible in our own eyes, and in the eyes of others, but the truth remains that we are the children of God, and that He has actually given His angels--invisible beings of power and might--charge concerning us, and they watch over us and have us in their keeping.'
I love you all!!! Hurrah for Israel and Happy September!!
Entrance to Eduardo Gomes
Frosting fight at an 8 year old investigator's birthday